- IT Personnel
Key # 2: Use Security Software
Computer viruses are programs deliberately designed to interfere with the “health” of your computer. Just as human viruses range in severity from the 24-hour flu to the Ebola virus, computer viruses range from the mildly annoying to the downright destructive, and come in new and different forms.
While the term spyware suggests software that secretly monitors the user's behavior, the functions of spyware extend well beyond simple monitoring. Spyware programs can collect personal information, as well as interfere with the proper functioning of your computer.
Using endpoint security software such as antivirus and anti-spyware and keeping them updated with security patches provide one more necessary and important layer of defense for your computer.
Below you will find information on the importance of antivirus and anti-spyware applications, as well as links to resources available to UA employees and students.
- Viruses - Microsoft
- Computer Virus Symptoms - Microsoft
- How do I remove a virus? - Microsoft
- Viruses: What are they and what do they do? - UA OSCR
- Recovering from Viruses, Worms & Trojan Horses - US CERT
- Spyware - Microsoft
- Malware Quick Facts - OnGuardOnline.gov
- Recognizing and Avoiding Spyware- US CERT
- Does A Mac Need Antivirus Software?
- Sophos Endpoint Security and Control Software (for use on both PCs and Macs)
- Spyware Guide EULA Analyzer - FaceTime Security Labs
- Spybot Search & Destroy Anti-Spyware
- Lavasoft Ad-Aware (free-for home personal use only)
- Windows Defender
- Sophos Free Antivirus for Mac Home Users (not affiliated with UA)
- Minimum Security for Networked Devices Standard (IS-S602)
- Minimum Security for Networked Devices Implementation Guideline (IS-G602A)